Todd Standing is one of the most controversial people involved with bigfoot research. Famous for his "Sylvanic" research and videos, it comes at no surprise that he is considered controversial. The footage he has acquired is amazing in the realm of bigfoot. Clear, up-close shots of bigfoot peeking at the camera from behind boulders and tree limbs, it's the kind of footage no one else seems to be able to achieve. Of course to really view the footage you have to pay a fee, but I have no issue with that. I have been very clear in my opinion that I don't see anything wrong with people making money off what they love to do, with one exception. As long as the individual isn't intentionally defrauding people with fake evidence. While some individuals believe Todd Standing's videos and work 100% authentic and groundbreaking, I come from a different opinion. I reside on the side of the fence that many others have positioned themselves as well, where it is the overall belief that Todd's photos and videos are 100% fake. For the sake of this article, I am not going to go into personal beliefs about his claims or his research methods. I'm going to simply look at the two most famous captures on public record that Standing has submitted as authentic bigfoot imagery.
Todd Standing has been in the spotlight lately after appearing on and working with Les Stroud of "Survivorman" fame. When Todd Standing released the information that he would be part of the Survivorman bigfoot series, it was met with doubt, disbelief, and an overwhelming "why?" from the community. Not because Standing would have anything to do with it, but because no one could understand why someone like Les Stroud would align himself with someone so controversial as Todd Standing. In a recent interview conducted by Bill Brock, Stroud answers that question.
You can find that video here.
One of the reasons Les mentions as to why he would work with Standing, is because he finds his videos amazing. He has reached the position that they are either the real deal, or they are fake. This 50/50 split is a good place to reach when it comes to bigfoot evidence, so I can understand and appreciate Stroud's argument.
However, let's take a look at just the evidence. Take everything else surrounding Todd Standing's claims and discard it. Below are the images I will be discussing.
|Standing Bigfoot A|
|Standing Bigfoot B|
The first thing that stands out to me is that these images are supposedly showing two different individuals of the same species in the same region, yet they virtually look nothing alike. Animals and humans both have individual appearances. I realize this. However, two individuals from the same species, while not identical, will still have the same basic features. These do not.
Subject A is lacking a forehead, while Subject B has a clear and obvious forehead.
Subject A has a prominent brow ridge, while Subject B has none.
Subject A has a hairline that comes down to the eyes, across the cheeks to the nose, and upwards to the bottom lip. Subject B is completely devoid of this same hair pattern.
Subject A has a distinctive nose bridge, while Subject B has a sloping indented nose with no apparent bridge.
Subject A's hair is course and more hair like. Subject B's hair is woolly and more fur like.
Subject A has no visible upper lip, while Subject B has a clear and distinctive upper lip. The same holds true for the bottom lips as well.
Subject A has a mottled, almost chimp-like skin tone and texture. Subject B's skin is smooth, uniform, and covered in what looks like fuzz or flocking.
|Flocked Rabbit Figurine for Comparison|
Based on these differences alone, I can not believe these are two individuals of the same exact species and region. The obvious and apparent differences are too numerous.
That is why I do not believe Todd Standing.